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Stories by Beth Accomando

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Holy Nostalgia! Batman '66 Exhibit Brings Back Great Memories

Jan. 22
By Beth Accomando

In 1966 ABC launched the "Batman" TV show starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the Caped Crusaders. Although it was canceled after three seasons, the show has remained a fan favorite.

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'Phantom Thread' Weaves A Unique Love Story

Jan. 18
By Beth Accomando

Actor Daniel Day-Lewis claims that once again he plans to retire from acting. If that’s true then “Phantom Thread” is a beautiful film to end a career on.

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Spielberg's 'The Post' Tells The Story Of The Pentagon Papers

Jan. 15
By Beth Accomando

“The Post” opened this weekend in San Diego. The new Steven Spielberg film looks to the story of Katherine Graham, the first female newspaper publisher, and the Washington Post as it attempts to publish the Pentagon Papers. Actor Bob Odenkirk talks about playing Ben Bagdikian, a reporter who was key in breaking the story.

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Podcast Episode 134: TCM's Eddie Muller On All Things Noir

Jan. 13
By Beth Accomando

Noirchaelogist, Czar of noir, host of TCM's Noir Alley, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation... whatever title you want to refer to him by, Eddie Muller is simply the man to go to when you want to know anything about film noir.

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Vantage Theater Stages World Premiere Of 'The Color Of Light'

Jan. 11
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

Vantage Theater is committed to producing new works that have something to say. Its latest production is a world premiere called "The Color of Light" about artist Henri Matisse.

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A Pair Of Documentaries Are Worth Checking Out This Weekend

Jan. 5
By Beth Accomando

Two very different but wonderfully compelling and entertaining documentaries are available to watch this weekend.

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Stay Strange Presents Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festival On Sunday

Jan. 5
By Beth Accomando

Start the New Year with something challenging. Check out Stay Strange's first event of 2018, Slow Death III: A Noise Music Festival on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. at Helmuth Projects.

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'Molly's Game' Deals A Winning Hand

Dec. 29, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Aaron Sorkin created TV’s "West Wing" and "The Newsroom," and won an Oscar for his script for "The Social Network." Now he makes his feature film directing debut with "Molly’s Game."

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Little Fish Holds Comic Savvy On Friday

Dec. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Little Fish Comic Book Studio on El Cajon Boulevard likes to think of itself as an ambassador for comic books. You can find out what that means on Friday when the studio holds a Comic Savvy.

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Top Ten Films Of 2017

Dec. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The year is coming to a close and award nominations are rolling in. Some films like "Dunkirk," "The Post" and "Call Me By Your Name" are already looking like clear contenders for an Oscar nod. KPBS Cinema Junkie Beth Accomando has her own choices for the best of 2017.

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Podcast Episode 133: Horror Movies As Spiritual Practice

Dec. 22, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The holidays are upon us so what better time to think about spirituality. For some, movie theaters are like churches and the movies they screen can teach about how to live life.

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Film Critics Discuss What's Coming Out For The Holidays

Dec. 18, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

From box-office hit "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" to coming of age love story in "Call Me By Your Name," film critics give their take on the best holiday releases this year.

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Spoiler-Free Fan Reaction To 'The Last Jedi'

Dec. 14, 2017
By Beth Accomando

A spoiler-free fan reaction to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which officially opens on Dec. 15 but with early shows on Thursday (many of which are sold out).

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Podcast 132: Revisiting David Cronenberg's 'Crash'

Dec. 8, 2017
By Beth Accomando

For this podcast, Arts & Culture Reporter Beth Accomando turns to her archives for an interview with David Cronenberg about his 1996 film "Crash," adapted from J.G. Ballard's controversial 1973 novel revolving around people with symphorophilia, in this case, car-crash sexual fetishism.

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Guillermo Del Toro Returns To Form With 'The Shape Of Water'

Dec. 7, 2017
By Beth Accomando

“The Shape of Water” just garnered 14 Broadcast Film Critic nominations, and this weekend you can finally enjoy the film for yourself.

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Diversionary Theatre's 'The Moors' Riffs On The Bronte Sisters

Nov. 29, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Playwright Jen Silverman turns to the Bronte sisters and their brooding 19th century romantic novels as inspiration for her new play "The Moors," which runs through Dec. 10 at Diversionary Theatre.

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Podcast Episode 131: A Pair Of Films To Be Thankful For

Nov. 23, 2017
By Beth Accomando

It's Thanksgiving and I have a pair of films that I am feeling very thankful for right now: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "The Shape of Water." Filmmaker Martin McDonagh talks about writing a film for Frances McDormand and Doug Jones talks about "suit acting" for Guillermo Del Toro.

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'Three Billboards' Showcases Actress Frances McDormand

Nov. 22, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The two and a half minute trailer for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was all anyone needed to see to make them realize that Frances McDormand was going to give a performance that needs to be seen.

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Festival Directors Talk About Benefits Of Fringe

Nov. 20, 2017
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival just played host to the Canadian and United States Associations of Fringe Festivals, as festival directors from across North America called the worldwide arts movement unique and very important.

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‘Justice League’ Is Just Meh

Nov. 16, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The latest DC film, “Justice League,” arrives in theaters this week, and the best I can say is that it’s easier to watch than “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

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Fringe Festival Organizers From Across North America Gather In San Diego

Nov. 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando

San Diego International Fringe Festival is not until next June but Fringe Festival organizers from across North America are currently gathering at the Spreckels Theatre for its annual conference.

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San Diego International Fringe Hit 'Josephine' Returns For Encore Performance

Nov. 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Last year "Josephine" won Outstanding Solo Performance and Best Show at San Diego International Fringe Festival. The one-woman dream cabaret pays tribute to singer-dancer Josephine Baker. Now, "Josephine" returns to where it all began, the Spreckels Theatre for one performance this Friday.

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San Diego Asian Film Festival Opens Thursday Night At theNAT

Nov. 9, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The 18th annual San Diego Asian Film Festival launches Thursday night with "Oh Lucy" screening at the San Diego Natural History Museum's Kaplan Theater and continues through Nov. 18 at multiple venues.

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'As One' Is A Modern Opera About Transitioning

Nov. 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Katie Schoolov

You don’t generally think of opera as ripped from the headlines, but San Diego Opera’s production of "As One" has a distinctly contemporary feel. The latest dētour series production tackles a transgender story through the character of Hannah, who’s portrayed by two singers — a baritone and mezzo soprano.

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Podcast Episode 130: Larry Cohen, King Of The B Movies

Nov. 10, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Larry Cohen is a genius because he managed to have the best of both worlds in the entertainment industry. Not many can claim to have enjoyed both a traditionally successful career within the mainstream Hollywood system as well as cult status outside the studio system making audaciously independent films exactly the way he wanted to.

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'Thor' Is Not The Only Film Opening This Weekend

Nov. 3, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Marvel’s "Thor: Ragnarok" may overshadow all other films opening this weekend, but if the lines are too long there are plenty more films to choose from.

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Podcast Episode 129: Bruce Campbell, Hail To The Chin Baby

Oct. 27, 2017
By Beth Accomando

"Ash Vs. Evil Dead" season three opener has been postponed to February! So if you want your Bruce Campbell fix in October, check out this podcast and his new book, "Hail to the Chin."

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'Tom Of Finland' Paints Portrait Of Gay Artist

Oct. 27, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Tom of Finland" (opening Friday at Landmark's Hillcrest Cinemas) looks to the artist whose erotic drawings influenced the fantasies of a generation of gay men.

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Bruce Campbell Signing At Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore

Oct. 26, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Bruce Campbell, a Comic-Con favorite for his role as Ash in the "Evil Dead" movies and Starz show, was at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore Thursday to sign his new book, "Hail to the Chin."

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GI Film Festival San Diego Opens With Healing Documentary

Oct. 18, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The GI Film Festival San Diego kicks off Wednesday at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The opening night film is "The 2 Sides Project," a documentary about healing the wounds of war.

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'Pirates of Penzance' Sets Sail At San Diego Opera

Oct. 13, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Kris Arciaga

Sometimes art emphasizes escape over enlightenment. Such is the case with San Diego Opera’s production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s "The Pirates of Penzance."

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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Movie Roundup

Oct. 13, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Maureen Cavanaugh

It may be Friday the 13th, but there’s more than just horror at the box office this weekend.

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Podcast Episode 128: Gay Horror And The Final Boys

Oct. 13, 2017
By Beth Accomando

You all know about the final girl in horror, that feisty possibly virginal heroine who’s the last one left standing after some serial killer goes on a rampage. But are you familiar with the final boy?

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San Diego Indie Feature, 'The Playground' Has World Premiere Thursday

Oct. 12, 2017
By Beth Accomando

"The Playground" is a feature film shot entirely in San Diego and with a cast and crew almost exclusively from San Diego. The film has its world premiere Thursday night at Reading Clairemont Town Square Cinemas.

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Podcast Episode 127: Giallo Cinema, Killing It With Style

Oct. 5, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Italian giallo cinema is something everyone needs to experience at least once. It consumes you like a fever dream and assaults your senses with an audacious excess of style. Soak up some glorious giallo elegance with this podcast.

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Long-Awaited 'Blade Runner' Sequel Finally Arrives

Oct. 5, 2017
By Beth Accomando

It has been more than three decades since Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner” opened in theaters and defined a new kind of sci-fi film. “Blade Runner 2049” arrives as one of the most eagerly anticipated sequels of all time.

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San Diego Italian Film Festival Launches 11th Season At MOPA

Oct. 4, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Italian Film Festival launches its 11th season Wednesday night at the Museum of Photographic Arts with the documentary "Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea)."

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San Diego International Film Festival Opens With Thurgood Marshall Film

Oct. 4, 2017
By Beth Accomando

It's a week for film festivals with the San Diego Italian and San Diego International Film Festivals both kicking off Wednesday night. San Diego International Film Festival opens its 16th year at the Balboa Theater with "Marshall," a film looking to the early years of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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'Bat Boy: The Musical' Inspired By '90s Tabloid Headline

Sept. 29, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The Weekly World News was notorious for its outlandish covers that caught your eye at the grocery checkout. One of those headline stories featuring a half-bat, half-boy inspired the musical “Bat Boy,” which has a new production running at OB Playhouse.

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'Victoria And Adbul' Looks To An Unlikely Friendship

Sept. 29, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The new film "Victoria and Abdul" looks to the unlikely friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant.

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Create Your Own Film Class With Series Devoted To Hitchcock, Giallo

Sept. 29, 2017
By Beth Accomando

October and Halloween are just around the corner and that means some fun film programming. Angelika Film Center hosts its month-long Hitchcocktober fest while Digital Gym Cinema features a Giallo film series.

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One Book Film Series Kicks Off Oct. 3 At Central Library

Sept. 28, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The San Diego Central Library hosts a nine-part program, running Tuesdays Oct. 3 through Nov. 28, of diverse films that address the themes of peacemaking, migration, resilience and reconciliation featured in the One Book San Diego 2017 selection “The Sandcastle Girls.”

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Intrepid Theatre's 'Father Comes Home From The Wars' Combines Art And Community Outreach

Sept. 22, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Intrepid Theatre Company is partnering with the San Diego Museum of Man to facilitate school field trips to the museum’s exhibit and a stage show titled, "Race: Are We So Different?"

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Podcast Episode 126: Horrible Imaginings And 'Uncharted Regions'

Sept. 21, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Horrible Imaginings Film Festival wrapped up earlier this month, and it was another great year embracing the darkness. Here's a reflection on the event and a look at the radio drama created specifically to debut at the festival.

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'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Is Bigger But Not Better Than Its Predecessor

Sept. 21, 2017
By Beth Accomando

"Kingsman: The Secret Service" was a surprise hit in 2014 and now a sequel, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle," arrives to see if it can repeat that success.

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'Benny And Joon' Has World Premiere At The Globe

Sept. 21, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The 1993 film "Benny and Joon" provides the inspiration for the world premiere musical that just opened at The Old Globe.

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'Mother!' Delivers Provocative Allegory On Creative Process

Sept. 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The fact that some critics are calling Darren Aronofsky's "Mother!" "shocking" and "terrifying" says more about mainstream critics and the timid state of American filmmaking than about Aronofsky's film. If you see only American Hollywood movies then "Mother!" may prove a shocking experience. But if your viewing experience is far broader than that then the film can be appreciated for its thoughtful and provocative artistry.

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'Wild Goose Dreams' Is About Making Connections

Sept. 15, 2017
By Beth Accomando, Nicholas McVicker

"Wild Goose Dreams" had its world premiere earlier this month at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Forum. The play looks to a pair of displaced people looking to make connections.

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Classics Return To Ken Cinema

Sept. 14, 2017
By Beth Accomando

Landmark’s Ken Cinema kicks off another week of cinema classics.

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Podcast Episode 125: To Be, Or Not To Be 'Hamlet'

Sept. 12, 2017
By Beth Accomando

The Old Globe has a bold new production of “Hamlet” on stage now. It is directed by Barry Edelstein and it made me see the play with new eyes. This podcast is dedicated to Shakespeare’s great play and to understanding it better through film and an interview with Edelstein.